What a difference a day makes! We were met with sunny, spring-like weather over the weekend which quickly turned to wintry rainy weather yesterday. At least it wasn’t the reverse!
Sign of spring in Boston: Duck Boats are back on the streets!
On Saturday, I was able to get in a nice 17 mile run with a marathon pace push in the last several miles. I ran several laps along my favorite route:
Although it wasn’t the longest long run of my Boston training cycle, it was the first long run since Phoenix marathon in which I felt strong throughout and was able to push harder in the later miles. In fact, in the couple of weeks following Phoenix, I felt fatigued from the first step of each run (as opposed to starting the run feeling fresh and ending with fatigue). These “pre-fatigue” feelings were a sign that I was overtraining, and cutting my runs to every other day has completely relieved my legs from feeling pre-fatigued. I know you know this, but just another reminder that it is so important to listen to your body and customize your training plan and workouts to your current state in order to prevent injury and to keep motivation high.
Along those lines, I recently read the book “Brain Training for Runners” by Matt Fitzgerald. He recommends that you should focus on training to recover, and recovering to train. The secret to maximizing your fitness development is to enhance your recovery from workouts and to increase the training workload you are able to adequately recover from between workouts. There are two general strategies you can use to achieve these objectives:
- Finding better ways to balance training stress and recovery
- Facilitate recovery by getting the most out of these lifestyle factors that promote recovery: nutrition, sleep, and stress management.
Focusing on these factors will enable you to prevent overtraining fatigue from hampering your running. Check out Fitzgerald’s book for more information on brain-training! I recommend it for runners of all levels and backgrounds to learn how to increase performance by controlling the feedback we send to our brains. Fitzgerald’s motto is, “train the brain and the rest will follow”.
I’ve never run back to back marathons, but given that I am now in recovery/taper mode, and motivation is still very high—I think I am as ready as I ever will ever be for Boston in three weeks!
Speaking of stress management, the rest of the weekend was spent with loved ones and enjoying a relaxing Easter Sunday in my beautiful city. Nothing better than spending an afternoon catching up with a best friend:
Or eating a delicious brunch with my love (note that the main courses were devoured before I was able to take photos, but I did get one of this unbelievably delicious pecan cinnamon doughnut):
We ate at a Boston go-to for brunch, Sonsie. People coming in for Boston marathon: check this place out if you can (although I highly recommend making reservations asap!). The restaurant is on Newbury street and not too far from the finish line. Service was super, people-watching interesting as always. Sonsie feels like a European café, and is a great place to start a day out in Boston. If you are heading to Boston for the marathon, stay tuned for a future post on other restaurants and things to do in the city!
And lastly, thanks again to Clif Bar for the awesome package that arrived on my door last night:
Anyone else have a favorite running book? Movie?
Anyone else training for a race? How is it going and have you ever overtrained?
Would you rather brunch or dinner out? I usually prefer dinner out, but might try to change my routine to brunch- loved it last weekend!